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Some cool screenshots I took while watching Congo today. Didn't notice these a few years back :wink:

Notice the IndyCam 8)
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Hybrid/Laptop/Fake ?

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Doom running on Irix in '95 !

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Didn't notice these a few years back
--me, too. nice screenshots, indeed. that sgi-notebook looks different than that one in "twister".
Seems like a fake laptop. The screen is clearly a Presenter 1280. I bet there's an Indy inside that yellow crate.

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There's a description of the "laptops" used in Twister here:

http://www.bftr.com/Pages/projects/twister.html

Probably much the same for Congo.

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I have a few more pics I might post when I get home.

Its great to see how SGIs were viewed in the 90s: the ultimate workstations. How the times change...
oh i see, the display is presenter-based - so it should be the same "fake-laptop" as in the twister movie. but looks nice and convincing, as in twister one could only see the upper part of the laptop.
Err... Did SGI make laptops? I've never heard of this.

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I have a few more pics I might post when I get home.

Its great to see how SGIs were viewed in the 90s: the ultimate workstations. How the times change...


Right, nowadays hollywood has gone intel...MI:3 is full of "winux" lapcraps.

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but looks nice and convincing


Sure does. She uses it multiple times during the movie..I'll have to get a few more shots of it up.
Can't forget the big irons behind the glass.

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I definetively need this movie on dvd - didn't remember that it was such massively sgi-equipped.
Don't forget 'The Peacemaker'. Lots of workstations in that one too.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119874/
A few more..



Another Laptop shot (plus some GPS device)
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Laptop again
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LCD shot
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And a cool shot of that Laser Perimeter Fence 8)
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Man it's hard to find this movie at my local video stores on DVD.

All I can find is the tape version, too bad my vcr crapped itself last year. :(

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I am pretty sure I picked up my copy from Best Buy / Walmart for 7 bucks. You cant go wrong :)
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zr0hero wrote:

Doom running on Irix in '95 !

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so that answers the question, "YES! it runs (ran) doom!"

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look what I found... O2s and 1600sw's in use at the weather channel studios (the old ones)

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found at http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/nebraska/TheWe ... -2005.html
notice that last pic has an SGI CRT monitor with a windows XP screensaver on it....

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Thats pretty cool, good to see that they are still being used.

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